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Forum topic by dustycajun posted 04-13-2015 07:43 PM 649 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2015 07:43 PM

I recently purchased a craftsman ras in near new condition the particle board top needs replacing the question i have is do i need to make three different slabs as the factory or can i just make it all one piece. Thanks

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#1 posted 04-13-2015 08:22 PM

Well, you can’t (or shouldn’t) make it one piece. The fence is clamped between two of the pieces. Fastening it to a 1 piece top would make it a lot harder to replace. It’s a consumable part of the table, once it’s chewed up you just get another piece of wood and clamp it back in there. It’s been quite a few years since I had any of my Craftsman saws, but I’m not sure I remember them having a 3 piece table (possible, just don’t remember it that way). Anyway, some saws have a 3 piece table so you can shift around the 2 small pieces to move the fence toward the back of the saw, allowing a wider rip cut…Dewalts were made this way. I don’t rip on mine, so I just make my replacement tables in 2 pieces, the large front section, and the smaller part that clamps the fence in.

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#2 posted 04-13-2015 08:28 PM

I suggest two pieces and the fence. Here is my Craftsman RAS. Maybe it will give you some ideas. It is now a station. If you need more or better photos, just ask. I use speed clamps to hold the fence against the top.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 04-13-2015 08:42 PM

The factory setup is not mandatory. I used my RAS for well over 10 years with just a piece of plywood for the top and a 2×4 screwed to it for the fence. You are limited to what you can do, but it will work, particularly if all you will be doing is crosscuts.

The three piece top (actually 4 if you include the fence board) is so you can move the fence depending on operation… from the manual:

Position A is used for most cutoff and narrow ripping operations. Position B is used for maximum width ripping. Position C is used to acheive maximum crosscut capacity in thin work.


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